New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917. First American Edition. Posthumous collection of Kettle's writings on the Great War, including his major essay, "Why Ireland Fought." Kettle (1880-1916), reputedly considered by James Joyce to be his closest friend in Ireland (see David Pierce, Joyce and Company, Lon: 2006; p152), was hailed as one of the most promising of the young Paliamentarians to come to prominence during the fight for Home Rule. He was killed in battle near the Somme in 1916. This collection of his essays, published shortly after Kettle's death, is uncommon, and genuinely scarce in the dustwrapper. Octavo. Olive cloth; dustjacket; 246p. Frontis. portrait. Mild internal foxing (mostly to prelims), else a tight, Near Fine copy in the scarce dustwrapper, lightly toned and a few tiny chips at extremities; Very Good or better.